Winners of Visual Arts

Grand Prairie Festival of the Arts

Adult Categories

Best of Show – She Left the Pearls by Karlyn Holloway

Abstract :

1st Place – Stop by Rashawn Penister

2nd Place – Prayer Wheel by Aline McCracken

3rd Place – Jester by Kay Sparks

Honorable Mention – Flower Power #2 by Monica Petter



1st Place – K-Dot by Rashawn Penister

2nd Place – Ode to Summer and the Pool by Cheryl Moore

3rd Place – Anticipation by Karly Holloway

Honorable Mention – Once Upon a Time by Shirley Homsley



1st Place – The Pike by Melvin Rice

2nd Place – Street of the Dead by Aline McCracken

3rd Place – Nocturne by Mary Lynch

Honorable Mention – In the Place That Calls Me by Laura Welshans


Still Life:

1st Place – She Left the Pearls by Karlyn Holloway

2nd Place – Petal by Anne Bell

3rd Place – Water Lily by Cheryl Moore

Honorable Mentions – Farmers Market Two by Aline McCracken


Animal Subjects:

1st Place – Large Guineas by Aline McCracken

2nd Place – No Title by Melvin Rice

3rd Place – California Gold by Kay Sparks

Honorable Mention – Sorry Andy, Daisy’s in Your Flowers by Kay Reed



1st Place – Doing Time by Richard Davies

2nd Place – Knight by Aline McCracken

3rd Place – Love is Blind by Alan Gibbs

Child & Youth Categories

Best of Show – I See You by Karlee Morris

Children’s Paint:

1st Place – I See  You by Karlee Morris

2nd Place – Halos by Blakelynn Webb

3rd Place – Jelly by Payton Fischer

Honorable Mention – Witchy Legs by Karlee Morris


Children’s Drawing:

1st Place – Lotus Flower by Kaylee Logsdon

2nd Place – Dreams by Blakelynn Webb

3rd Place – God’s Child by Blakelynn Webb


Youth Paint:

1st Place – Dream Child by Jeannie McCracken

2nd Place – Bee’s Knees by Renzy Bailey

3rd Place – Third Eye by Renzy Bailey

Honorable Mention – Little Devil by Jeannie McCracken


History of the Arts Festival

The first Grand Prairie Festival of Arts was held in September of 1956 at Farmers & Merchants Bank in their community room and named “The Arkansas County Art Festival”. The festival was later renamed  “The Grand Prairie Festival of the Arts” and moved to its new home at the completed Grand Prairie War Memorial Auditorium that for many years was home to the festival providing space for the exhibit, local vendors, and a stage for entertainment. In 2008 the festival was moved to the Stuttgart Junior High School Gym until the completion of the Grand Prairie Center located on the PCUAA campus.    

Since 2017 the festival is now presented over the entire academic calendar dividing the major categories of Visual Arts, Photography, Decorative Arts and Creative Writing. The festival has come “home” to the Arts Center of the Grand Prairie. For sixty three years this juried festival has presented awards and provided scholarships opportunities for youth giving artist in every medium an outlet to present their work.

 The Grand Prairie Arts Council

In 1964 the Grand Prairie Arts Council, Inc. was established by the following incorporators:  A.P. Finken, Madeline Oliver, Toney Morris, Irene Cato, Lillian Young, Edith Andrews, and Helen Macom. The expressed goal of the council was to encourage cultural development in the Grand Prairie and work toward the establishment of an arts center. In October of 1982, The Arts Center of the Grand Prairie was officially opened at 108 West 12th Street.  The Arts Center is focused on providing art education, exhibits, festivals and classes to the citizens of the Grand Prairie and surrounding townships and cities. The primary focus of the center is to offer diverse multi-cultural programming, and the development and implementation of programs that benefit all ages.




The City of Stuttgart

The Arkansas Arts Council

 Lennox Industries of Stuttgart

The Windgate Foundation

The Entergy Foundation

Godfrey Thomas Foundation

The Ellen Thomas Testamentary Trust

The Riceland Foundation

The support received from these Foundations and organizations help support the many diverse programs offered at the Art Center of the Grand Prairie. The Arts Center is a place where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can come together to attend classes, hold meetings, attend recitals, and experience art set in many mediums. Individual, civic and business donations are encouraged.

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